Philip Joseph Connell
September 20, 1942 – May 28, 2019
Philip Joseph Connell, 76, of Little River died Tuesday, May 28, 2019 at Seacoast McLeod Hospital.
Phil was born September 20, 1942 in Springfield, MA to parents Ruth Walsh and Philip Joseph Connell.
After World War II, his family moved to Darien, CT where he grew up and graduated from Darien High School in 1960. In 1964, he graduated from the College of the Holy Cross in Worcester, MA with a BS in Economics and Accounting. In 1965, Phil graduated from the US Coast Guard Officer Candidate School. Subsequently, he served at Cape May, NJ and was a Commanding Officer of Kure Island LORAN Station in Hawaii.
Upon leaving the Coast Guard in 1968, Phil attended Fairfield University where he earned a master’s degree in Education.
In 1969, Phil began a teaching career in Long Branch, NJ. There he spent thirty-four years as a Social Studies teacher at Long Branch High School. For several years, he served as Head Teacher of the Social Studies department. He most enjoyed teaching Advanced Placement US History. A resident of Ocean Township, NJ for thirty years, Phil was an avid reader, gardener, and enjoyed spending summers at the beach. He spent the last 70 years waiting for the Cleveland Indians to win another World Series. Upon the retirement of his beloved wife, RoseMary, in 2005, Phil and RoseMary moved to Carolina Shores in the Southeastern corner of North Carolina. In their years of retirement, Phil and RoseMary spent vacations hiking and photographing nearly every major National Park in the US and Canada, in addition to visiting several minor National Parks and US Monuments. In 2007, they spent the summer working and living in Yellowstone National Park.
Phil is survived by his wife, RoseMary, of Little River, SC; brother David Connell and his wife, Linda, of Fairfax, VA; daughter Erin Long and her husband, Michael, of Indian Trail, NC; son Kevin Connell and his wife, Liza, of Half Moon Bay, CA; daughter Kristi Connell of Toms River, NJ; and daughter Megan Connell of New York, NY. Also surviving Phil are his three step-daughters: Cheryl Garrecht and her husband John of Neptune, NJ; Christine Harrington of Boyton Beach, FL; and Katie Amodio of Myrtle Beach, SC. His eight superb grandchildren are Olivia and Nathan Long; Lexie and Macklin Philip Connell; Jaymie and Robert Amodio; and Aiden and Shane Garrecht. May they grow strong and remember their grandfather’s love.
A memorial service will be held at 2:00pm Saturday, June 1, 2019 at White Funeral and Cremation Service, 3660 Express Drive, Shallotte, North Carolina.
You may offer online condolences at www.shallottefunerals.com
White Funeral and Cremation Service, Shallotte Chapel
- Memorial Service Saturday, June 1, 2019
Philip Joseph Connell
Judy Costello Brinckerhoff
June 10, 2019
Dear David and Connell Family
How often I have wondered about you and what directions you had taken in life. I just saw this notice about Phil’s fabulous career, family and untimely death. Your parents would have been so proud. Please know I will pray for him and your family.. So many memories of life on West Avenue. What great times we had. And, to think Phil was a Cleveland Indians fan. I thought it was always about the Pittsburg Pirates. Mom is with me in DC now. I will share this sad news. We talk about you often. Our sincere condolences. Judy Costello Brinckerhoff
June 2, 2019
I’m very sorry to hear of our loss. I only knew Phil as a high school friend, but he was a kind, gentle, loyal, good friend with a wonderful sense of humor. I remember him best as a baseball player - as I recall, he was a good catcher for the short time that I was a bad pitcher. But we always had fun together, and so I am saddened by his passing.
May 31, 2019
Mr. Connell! Thank you for being such a wonderful part of my childhood. A warm teacher, coach, and father figure to many of us Wayside urchins. I remember all of our interactions very fondly. And who knows, I may have implicitly learned from you that men can be thoughtful teachers, too. Thanks for that. May your soul and your legacy thrive.
May 31, 2019
To the family of Phil,
I read about Phil this morning and instantly remembered all our fun times and conversations at LBHS. How sad...what a great man, excellent teacher and mentor. My thoughts and prayers are with you all. God Bless... Rest in Peace Phil.
May 31, 2019
I remember Phil well from when I was a young teacher back in 90s at long branch hs. I was not in his department, but he gave me good advice on being a good teacher. God bless.
May 30, 2019
He was my homeroom teacher my last year's of High school . Though I was a royal pain , he always tolerated and treated me fairly . He was a real standup guy . May he rest in peace .